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Study History at OSU

Because history is...
more than just a collection of facts about the past. History is community, debate, identity. History is our map to the present. Students can pursue the B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in History alongside faculty who have earned a reputation for excellence in teaching, public engagement, and scholarship. With courses covering all geographic spaces and time periods and specializations in the American West, Native American History, and Public History, students with a wide variety of interests and career goals will find a home in the Department of History.

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Undergraduate Studies

Our courses give students a broad understanding of the evolution of civilizations, peoples, countries, and institutions. The department's instruction is designed to aid students interested in education, law, journalism, business, public service, and even scientific and technical disciplines.

Graduate Studies

Our graduate program offers an M.A., Ph.D., and a graduate certificate in Museum and Curatorial Studies for students interested in pursuing advanced study in a wide range of historical fields.

Public History

Specialized training in Public History prepares students for careers in and outside of academia. Our graduates work at archives, museums, historical societies, and universities across the country.

Upcoming Events

Careers in Cultural Heritage with Joseph Angemi, Senior Curator for the Office of Cultural Heritage
Join the Department of History, History Club, and US Department of State on Wednesday, September 14, at 6:30 PM for a lively conversation with Joseph Angemi about career opportunities in the cultural arts. This event takes place in Social Sciences & Humanities room 035 and is open to the public. Click the See All Department Events link to learn more.
Careers in Cultural Heritage


National Park Service Internship
Over the summer, Public History graduate student Sam Walgren worked with the National Park Service at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. Sam interned with the NPS the entire summer (mid May to early August), working 40 hours a week at FSNMP. There, he was responsible for staffing the Visitor Center at Fredericksburg, but also did a variety of first and third person interpretation for battlefield visitors. 
Sam Walgren


Faculty Publications

"Why It Matters: Talks on the American Past"
In the past year, History Department faculty published five new books. To celebrate the authors and share their expertise with the public, the department launched a five-part public program series called, "Why It Matters: Talks on the American Past." Check out each of the talks below as well as a complete list of faculty book publications.


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With a broad range of thematic and regional expertise, our faculty work closely with students to pursue their interests.

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